KwaZulu-Natal

Something for everyone. South Africa’s third-smallest province, KwaZulu-Natal has a wealth of scenic and cultural attractions that include the country’s most popular beaches lying to the south and north of Durban. Add to that its bushveld reserves to the north, historic battlefields and the dramatic Drakensberg mountains, and you can see why it’s popular with tourists.  Throughout the year, holiday-makers flock to their favourite KwaZula Natal coastal haunts to cultivate a tan, ride the waves, eat, drink and generally have fun. Besides the sweeping beaches and calm lagoons where surfing, snorkelling, fishing and swimming are enjoyed, you can play golf, bowls and tennis or just soak up the sun. From Durban to Amanzimtoti, Ballito to Umhlanga Rocks, to the rugged Wild Coast, the highway links popular seaside resorts in rapid succession. The road snakes through subtropical bush, cane fields and hills garlanded with hibiscus blooms. North of Durban, the coastline stretching from the Tugela Mouth to the Umdloti River is aptly known as the Dolphin Coast. Close inshore, shoals of bottle-nose dolphins gambol in the waves, providing endless entertainment with their engaging antics.  

IN the north, KwaZulu Natal's game sanctuaries epitomise the best of the African wilderness. This is one of the few places where good game viewing can be enjoyed in close proximity to the pleasures of scuba diving and deep-sea fishing. Habitats from coastal dune forests to open bushveld support a wide diversity of wildlife, from the elephant to the tiny suni. Bird life is equally prolific. Most parks offer peaceful surroundings, comfortable accommodation, game drives, hiking and walking safaris.

The Elephant Coast forms the north-east region of South Africa's unique KwaZulu Natal Province, stretching northward from Lake St Lucia (a world heritage site), to the borders of Swaziland and Mozambique. The region is so named because it is home to South Africa's largest herd of indigenous African Elephants.

Between the coastal playgrounds and the majestic Drakensberg, there is an area of gentle pastoral beauty known as the Natal Midlands. The highway meanders through rolling wooded hills and grassy plains scattered with towns, villages and hospitable country inns. On lush farmlands, plump cattle and thoroughbred horses graze and game sanctuaries throughout the region support large numbers and varieties of wildlife.

 

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Isibindi Zulu Lodge

Isibindi Zulu Lodge is situated in the heart of the famous Anglo Zulu Battlefields, Kwa Zulu Natal. Just 9kms from Rorke’s Drift and sharing a boundary with Fugitive’s Drift made famous by the late Dave Rattray who put this area on the map. It is an ideal retreat from which to explore this fascinating area.

Isibindi Zulu Lodge is situated on the rugged 2000 hectare Isibindi Eco-Reserve home to various species of Plains Game and many bird species. Guests can explore the reserve either on foot or on guided game drives. The many gravel roads and game paths offer challenging mountain biking terrain for the more adventurous and during the summer months it is great fun to cool off in the rivers. A visit to the nearby battlefields of the Anglo Zulu War are a must. Fascinating trips are offered into the surrounding hills and valleys where one can learn more about the mighty Zulu nation.

Kosi Forest Lodge

Kosi Forest Lodge is a private lodge situated in the unspoilt wilderness that is part of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, now internationally recognised as a World Heritage Site. The 16-bed lodge offers comfortable accommodation, fine cuisine and caters for a host of estuarine, beach and wilderness activities. Explore this unique ecosystem by guided canoe, boat trip on the lakes, raffia forest walks or day excursion to nearby coastal beaches. Discover one of South Africa’s best ecotourist destinations.

Kosi Forest Lodge is set in a beautiful sand forest on the banks of the Kosi Lake. The thatched bush suites are carefully positioned to provide guests with privacy and an intimacy with the peaceful surroundings. The romantic en-suite bathrooms are open-air, giving guests a truly unique experience. Guests can relax at the pool with its unsurpassed views of Lake Shengeza.

Thonga Beach Lodge

 Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the pristine shores of the Maputuland East Coast, KwaZulu-Natal in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. It is a 5hr 30 min drive from King Shaka Airport Durban.

FIVE GOOD REASONS TO BOOK AT THONGA BEACH LODGE
1. The Golden Beach of Mabibi
The unspoilt golden beach of Mabibi is one of the cleanest, most beautiful beaches in the world, as it stretches forever to the North and South within the protection of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
2. Snorkelling
The snorkelling right at the lodge and by boat to nearby safe coral atolls reveals a world of diverse oceanic life, including dolphins and turtles.
3. Turtles
Thonga Beach Lodge is proud of its privileged position in protecting the Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles and their nesting sites stretch along the shores right at the lodge and beyond.
4. Delicious Cuisine
The food at Thonga Beach Lodge receives repeated and well-deserved acclaim, with a chef who prides himself on discovery of top local produce. Here you can walk off the beach to taste the very best that this rich region has to offer, including sweet tropical fruits, fresh local food, healthy, modern culinary delights and decadent baked treats.
5. Our Commitment to Local Community Support
The commitment of Isibindi Africa Lodges to local community support is inspiring and cultural tours, visits to the local primary school supported by the lodge and interactions with staff will leave you feeling that you contributed something to this special corner of the planet.

Three Trees at Spioenkop

Against the magnificent backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa, and overlooking the secluded Mfazimnyama Valley of the Spioenkop Game Reserve, lies Three Trees at Spioenkop (also known as Three Tree Hill lodge). This Eco-friendly lodge, which is Fair Trade in Tourism accredited, places great emphasis on Responsible Tourism and offers spectacular scenery, locally grown farm-style country food with superb hospitality.  It is the ideal environment in which to unwind and be rejuvenated. This intimate, luxury 18 bedded lodge is owner-managed by Simon & Cheryl Blackburn whose passion and enthusiasm for Africa’s wildlife, history and culture is immediately evident. You are welcomed into their home, and invited to experience the warm hospitality, and relaxed atmosphere in their four star family-run lodge.